The Subversion of Middle-Earth

Tolkien’s Symphony of Virtue Meets Hollywood

by Garrin W. Dickinson

On December 19, 2001, the long-anticipated cinematic event of the decade opened—The Fellowship of the Ring, the first installment of Peter Jackson’s film rendition of J. R. R. Tolkien’s masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings. The movie opened to rave reviews and Golden Globe nominations. Many of the Christians I know even liked it. But I believe that both these viewers and the director himself have missed something of supreme importance in Tolkien’s work.

The Real Value of the Story

I first heard The Lord of the Rings read by my father when I was five years . . .

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